FEB. 15 | CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM | DURHAM, N.C. | 4 PM
Overall: 33rd meeting; Duke leads, 25-7 In Durham: Duke leads, 8-1
In South Bend: Duke leads, 6-4
At neutral sites: Duke leads, 11-2 Current streak: Duke, W5
Coach K vs. Notre Dame: 18-6
Duke is back home in Cameron Indoor Stadium to face a rugged Notre Dame team led by former Duke asisstant Mike Brey.
Duke vs Notre Dame
- Saturday’s game is the 33rd meeting between Duke and Notre Dame, with the Blue Devils leading, 25-7.
- Since joining the ACC, Notre Dame is 5-6 versus Duke and won five of the first six meetings.
- Duke has won five straight in the series overall, and is 8-1 all-time versus the Irish at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
- Of the Blue Devils five straight wins in the series, two have come in the ACC Tournament -- the 2017 championship game and the 2018 quarterfinals.
- Saturday’s game features three players to combine for seven ACC Player of the Week Awards this season -- Duke’s Tre Jones (three) and Vernon Carey Jr. (two, plus four Freshman of the Week honors) and Notre Dame’s John Mooney (two).
The Irish are coming off a 50-49 overtime loss at Virginia on Tuesday that snapped a four-game winning streak. The team has played 11 straight games that have been decided by 10 points or less. Senior John Mooney leads the team, averaging 16.3 points (6th ACC) and 13.0 rebounds (1st ACC). He is the ACC’s only player averaging a double-double. Mooney (20 double-doubles) and Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr. (12) lead the ACC in double-doubles. Notre Dame commits just 12.4 fouls and 9.8 turnovers per game -- both figures are fewest nationally.
Duke remains No. 6 in the NET (as of Feb. 12), which is the primary evaluation tool used by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee, for which Duke Director of Athletics Kevin White is the chairman. Two of Duke’s three losses this season came in back-to- back games without freshman Wendell Moore Jr. (broken hand), while its third loss was to Stephen F. Austin on a buzzer-beater in overtime. SFA is 22-3 overall and leads the Southland Conference at 13-1. Neither Moore nor Joey Baker (ankle) played in Duke’s loss at Clemson on Jan. 14. The Blue Devils’ overall strength of schedule is No. 12, while its non-conference strength of schedule is No. 7 -- the third- highest of any team in the top 100 of the NET. Other metrics for Duke: No. 1 BPI (Basketball Power Index), No. 3 KenPom, No. 3 Sagarin, No. 9 Strength of Record. Duke is 235-152 (.607) vs. ranked teams under Coach K, with a 155-80 (.660) mark since the 1996-97 season. Duke’s three wins (3-1) over teams ranked 11th or better in the AP Poll are tied for the most nationally this season (Ohio State, Seton Hall). Since 1996-97, Duke is 87-51 (.630) against ranked ACC teams and 68-29 (.701) vs. ranked non-league foes. In the Coach K era, Duke is 144-86 (.626) overall when both teams are ranked in the top 15 ... 87-61 (.588) overall when both teams are ranked in the top 10 ... 33-18 (.647) when both teams are ranked in the top five. With the win over No. 3 Virginia on Feb. 9, 2019, Coach K broke a tie with Dean Smith for most wins in top three games (11).
Vernon Carey Jr. leads the Blue Devils in both scoring and rebounding, nearly averaging a double-double with 17.5 points per game and 8.9 rebounds. Carey also leads the team in blocks at just under 2 per game. Tre Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists at 6.6 per game, he also averages 15.6 points and a team leading 2 steals per game. Cassius Stanley and Matthew Hurt round out the double figure scorers for the Blue Devils with 12.3 and 10.5 points per game respectively.
Probable Starting Lineups
Guard - Tre Jones - 6'3, 185lbs
Guard - Wendell Moore - 6'6, 213lbs
Guard - Cassius Stanley - 6'6, 193lbs
Forward - Matthew Hurt - 6'9, 214lbs
Center - Vernon Carey - 6'10, 270lbs
Guard - T.J. Gibbs - 6'3, 194lbs
Guard - Prentiss Hubb - 6'3, 167lbs
Guard - Rex Pflueger - 6'6, 209lbs
Forward - John Mooney - 6'9, 242lbs
Forward - Juwan Durham - 6'11, 223lbs